After surgery, you can expect to wear an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. Your breasts will be bruised and swollen for a day or two. After the bandages have been removed, it is recommended that you wear an athletic or support bra until the swelling subsides. It is often recommended that patients avoid wearing an underwire bra to prevent irritation and blistering of the crease area where there are sensitive postoperative tissues and sutures.
While the amount of pain experienced after surgery varies from patient to patient, most experience soreness for two to four days following Breast Lift surgery. The greatest amount of pain is experienced in the first forty-eight hours. As with any surgical procedure, the amount of pain diminishes each day and is manageable with a wide variety of medications.
The stitches can be removed after a week or two. Any dryness of the skin can be addressed with moisturizer. You can return to work normally within a week, and may resume full activity within a month. There may be some numbness, particularly in your nipples, but sensation usually returns to normal as you heal.
Unlike other kinds of breast surgery, a Breast Lift has comparatively few long-term side effects. Most pain and numbness does not persist past the recovery period. Unless you have opted to include implants as part of your surgery, you should be able to breast feed normally because the connecting glandular tissue of the nipple and areola are left intact.
Although a Breast Lift can significantly improve the appearance and profile of your breasts, it won’t keep you firm forever. As you age and skin loses its elasticity, the breasts will begin to sag again. Also, swelling of the breast tissue from pregnancy or weight gain will also cause the breasts to stretch, affecting the breast profile.